Staying positive in a chaotic world

7 steps to being a positive thinker

Oh boy, what a year 2020 has been so far! If you didn’t think the world was chaotic before, you sure do now. The negativity is highly damaging to people and to business. A study published at the beginning of September 2020 showed that depression in adults in the United States had increased threefold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If there was ever a time for entrepreneurs to be positive, it is now. It’s always time to be positive. Here are our guiding steps to how to become a positive thinker.

1. Be more self-aware

Negativity is often borne in our subconscious. The way we think is nurtured during our upbringing. It’s kind of hard-wired into us. What you must do is to rewire your way of thinking. To do this, you must take a long, hard look within yourself.

When you figure out why you feel the way you do, you can act to be more positive. You can proactively decide the messages that you will be sending yourself. You’ll find ways to reverse the negativity. As Ken Andrukow says when defining entrepreneurs: “Entrepreneurs see opportunity in everything.” That takes positive thinking.

2. Make time to re-energize

It’s important to take time to re-energize your brain. If you are constantly working, your brainpower fades, and your creativity will follow. And that’s a killer for entrepreneurs.

When discussing effective time management, Ken Andrukow says, “I used to let the world dictate what I’m going to do, and you end up chasing your tail. Now I’m intentional about the type of work I do and when.

Eric Malzone agrees. “Switch off,” he says. “Don’t check email. No meetings. It takes a while to get into relaxed mode.

3. Energize your positivity

Develop habits that help you to have a positive mindset. Spend time with your friends and family. Take time to remind yourself of the good things in your life. Meditate. Exercise. Go walking or cycling. Refresh yourself with things that make you feel good, and these emotions will feed your positive energy and positive thoughts.

4. Forgive your failures

Don’t beat yourself up when you fail. Instead, pick yourself up. Learn from your mistakes and fail fast to succeed fast. We’re all humans, and part of being human is that we make mistakes. It’s how you react to those mistakes that matters.

You must take risks to push yourself toward your goals. Failures are simply steppingstones to greater success. Forgive your failures, and move on in the knowledge that you have greater experience that can be used more wisely. Instead of saying, “Damn, I screwed that up,” say, “Okay, that didn’t work like I thought it would. How can I do it different this time?”

5. Focus on the positive

Is your glass half full or half empty? Every day brings new challenges. So does every year (some more than others). When you face a challenge, think of the positives. 

There is always a silver lining. COVID-19? It’s given many of us extra time with our loved ones. It’s given us time to re-evaluate what is important to us. It’s provided us with skills that we never thought possible. And it has driven many, many business opportunities.

If you miss your flight, you have extra time to catch up on work. You’ll always get another flight, or find another way to reach your destination.

6. Develop a positive professional network

Positivity is infectious. Toxicity influences negativity. Knowing this, why would you stick with a network if its energy is negative? To stay motivated, develop a positive professional network.

If one of your connections never has a positive thing to say, it’s probably time for you to move on. Positive people will help you to be positive. They’ll boost your self-esteem, motivate you, and help you to develop the resilience that is critical to entrepreneurial success.

7. Start each day as you mean to go on

Don’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Each day is another opportunity to do something great, to move toward your entrepreneurial life goals and the Five Entrepreneurial Freedoms™

Start each day by reminding yourself of the positive things you will achieve. Listen to uplifting music. Compliment your partner, business associate, or member of your network for something they have done. Be positive and you will receive positivity.

Positive thinking is not burying the negatives

Before you think that being positive means burying the negative, it doesn’t. If we buried the negative, we would repeat our mistakes. Positive thinking is taking yourself out of a negative mindset – a mindset that stops you from trying different things and developing yourself and your business. 

With positive thinking, you channel your energy into finding positive solutions. Silver linings motivate. Acknowledge your feelings. Understand yourself. Surround yourself with positive people.

What tips do you have to help others remain positive when our lives are surrounded by so much chaos and negativity? How do you turn negatives into positives? Is the flipside of every challenge an opportunity? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll try to share your experiences and advice in future articles and Black Diamond podcasts.

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